Collins, King and Golden announce $5.8 million

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Grants will replace aging water infrastructure, improve roads, improve rural broadband access and support small businesses

Washington, DCUS Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Congressman Jared Golden announced that 11 Maine cities and organizations will receive a total of $5,800,000 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) today.

“The Northern Border Regional Commission is making important investments to improve infrastructure and strengthen rural communities in Maine,” said Senators Collins and King and Congressman Golden. “With this funding, NBRC continues to build on its important work to improve water infrastructure and roads, expand access to high-speed internet, and upgrade other critical infrastructure. Together, these projects will help support small businesses, create high-paying jobs, and grow our state’s economy.”

The funds are distributed as follows:

  1. Big Rock Mountain at Mars Hill gets $102,902 to replace a double chairlift to the top of Big Rock Mountain with a modern chairlift and to improve the existing snowmaking infrastructure.
  2. Baileyville receives $1,000,000 Renovation of existing sewers, stormwater drains and water utilities including a water main, fire hydrants, containment basins, manholes and portions of utility lines located within the right of way.
  3. Bingham receives $897,000 to replace an existing flooded suction pumping station with a new, modernly designed pumping station. This plant will be upgraded with improved equipment and reliability that will transport wastewater streams to the treatment plant.
  4. Fort Kent receives $250,000 replace damaged water pipes. This project will provide an improved distribution system that is currently at high risk of failure.
  5. Isle Au Haut Electric Power Company receives $300,696 replacing a 40-year-old submarine cable with a larger, larger capacity submarine cable combined with high-speed broadband fiber optic cable to bring reliable power and high-speed internet to all homes and businesses in the town of Isle Au Haut.
  6. Old Town receives $274,842 Combine existing green space, parkland and recreation infrastructure with a seasonal retail market incubator space, pop-up stores, install electricity, improve sidewalks and add a crosswalk for safer pedestrian crossings. This project will complement Four Directions Development Corporation’s tourism center project and will allow tribal businesses and artisans to participate in the retail spaces created by the pop-up shops and farmers market.
  7. Houlton receives $978,880 to remove Houlton International Airport’s two underground fuel tanks and associated pumps, plumbing, leak detection systems and electrical wiring. A new refueling system will be built that will include above ground storage tanks and a fuel management system.
  8. Rumford-Mexico Sewerage District (RMSD) receives $1,000,000 to support a major upgrade of all unit processes in RMSD’s main sewage treatment plant and largest pumping station.
  9. Van Buren receives $236,737 Improving the accessibility and growth of the Ferry/Pierce Street Industrial Park by truck and rail.
  10. Weston receives $57,042 Creation of a waterfront park along the shores of East Grand Lake, including construction of a parking lot, swimming area, hiking trails, hand boat launch and ADA compliant facilities.
  11. The West Oxford Agricultural Society will receive $701,901 replacing a water main, extending the water main distribution lines and replacing service lines with 13 new curb stops to eliminate lead and copper service lines within the fairgrounds.

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The NBRC is a state partnership established by Congress in 2008 to alleviate economic hardship and promote private sector job creation in northern counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

Earlier this year, Senator Collins introduced a bill to reauthorize and strengthen NBRC, and Senator King was a co-sponsor. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins helped secure a $5 million stipend for NBRC programs in the Energy and Water Funding Act for fiscal 2022.

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